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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2008
One word: amazing! I used pumpkin pie spice instead of the nutmeg and all-spice and added an extra few tablespoons of flour because I thought the batter was a bit too runny--but they came out beautifully! Only fill your muffin tins/liners about half full at the most because they rise A LOT. I used another cream cheese frosting recipe and sprinkled some green and red sanding sugar on top and these were the PERFECT holiday treat for friends, family, and co-workers! Thanks for sharing, Kevin!
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Gingerbread Men

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2008
I'm not a fan of super spicy/gingery gingerbread cookies, and I don't often make gingerbread so I didn't want to go out and buy molasses, so this was a perfect recipe! I couldn't find butterscotch pudding so I used vanilla and they turned out great. Tasted like a chewy sugar cookie with a hint of ginger--perfect! I recommend rolling them out on parchment paper and baking for 10-11min to minimize mess and keep the cookies soft. My friends and I had a blast decorating--and eating--these! Thanks for the recipe!
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Creamy Potato and Leek Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2008
A great recipe! Added a few things that made it amazing... From others' suggestions, I sauteed two stalks of celery, half a large onion, and two minced garlic cloves with the leeks/butter, and substituted skim milk for cream. I also added a tsp of cayenne and a tsp of paprika (I might add even more next time b/c I like a good kick). While the veggies were sauteing, I also browned thinly sliced chicken breasts that I had rubbed with salt/pepper/random spice mix I found. After I added the veggies and milk to the potatoes, I blended the soup with my immersion blender until it was velvety. Then, I shredded the chicken and added it to the soup so I could get some protein. YUM! Easy and perfect for a cold night.
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Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2008
Fantastic recipe! To cut down on fat, I didn't add the topping, and they still came out delicious. After reading reviews, I doubled the cinnamon, halfed the oil, and added a quarter cup of apple sauce. I also used three apples coarsely chopped because I love apples. Great addition to my recipe box!
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Frosted Banana Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2007
Fantastic!!! I used two large-ish bananas (I feel like I could've used three and it would've improved the recipe, but two didn't hurt it at all) and didn't frost the bars. Instead I added 1c of chocolate chips and 1/4tsp of cinnamon--they were DELICIOUS. I lined my plain old rimmed cookie sheet with buttered aluminum foil and it did the trick just fine--with less cleanup :) Next time I'll cut out 1/2c of sugar b/c I don't think it'll be necessary. Thanks for the recipe!
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Butternut Squash Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2007
Great recipe! I used two medium-sized butternut squashes, halved them, and roasted them for 35min in 350F, cut side down, with chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. I also eliminated the marjoram, used 4c chicken stock, and added only 4oz fat-free cream cheese. I tried it without the cream cheese and it was just as good. Since the butternut was already pretty tender from the oven, I only brought to a boil for a few minutes, then used an immersion blender to blend it all. Finally, I added the cream cheese at the end so it wouldn't curdle. Overall, very good. It was missing just a little something though...I wonder what it'd be like with a little sharp cheddar...I'll report back :)
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Cheese and Broccoli Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2007
Fantastic! I used an immersion blender to blend it all (and got a little too carried away), which might be why it's not 100% perfect (maybe it should be chunkier)...but otherwise, great! I halved the recipe and sauteed the chicken with 1/4 of an onion, 2 tbsp of butter, and one clove of garlic. I also wouldn't add the roux to the soup--do it the other way around to save yourself the hassle of finding (and getting rid of) clumps of flour and butter.
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Baked Pesto Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2007
sooooo simple and sooooo yummy. i made fresh pesto yesterday and decided to use some pesto for the chicken. wow, it's the quickest/easiest meal you can prepare, but packed with flavour. i used some slices of fresh Parmesan instead of mozarella and it turned out GREAT--love the saltiness of it. I can see it being quite good with fresh mozarella too. highly recommended!
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2007
Seriously the best pie I've ever had...and I'm not even a big pie fan. Made it for my boyfriend's birthday and we ate half of it in one sitting...we're eating the other half for breakfast (it's THAT good). Literally wrote home about it. I suggest eating it a la mode (french vanilla). I followed the directions exactly, except I only had room for about 5 apples. AMAZING recipe!!! Thank you!
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